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Embiid Is Back, Warriors And Pelicans Win Game 3, Yankees Invite 4th Grader To Lunch

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Game 3 NBA Playoff updates:

Joel Embiid is back on the court after three weeks on the bench due to a fractured orbital bone.  Wearing an intimidating mask for protection,  he came back with a vengeance and scored 23 points for a 128-108 win over the Miami Heat, putting the 76ers up 2-1 in the series. Speaking of the now infamous mask, the Sixers spent quite a bit of time and money (and worked with the University of Pennsylvania) ensuring the mask could adequately protect Embiid.

The Golden State Warriors are one game away from a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs with their game 3 win on Thursday. It was a tough night for the Spurs as they were mourning the passing of Greg Popovich’s wife Erin, who had suffered from a long-term illness.

The New Orleans Pelicans are also one win away from a sweep over the Portland Trailblazers. The Pelicans Nikola Mirotic scored a career playoff high of 30 points. He is the third Pelican to score at least 30 points in the first three games of the series, joining Anthony Davis who scored 35 points in game 1 and Jrue Holiday who scored 33 in game 2.

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The New York Yankees are hoping to help end bullying. They posted a video in response to a video from a 10-year-old girl who recorded a video describing how she was bullied every day at school. A number of Yankee players then recorded a video showing their support of her courage and inviting her to come sit with them at their lunch table. According to Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, “All of (the) guys were really excited to be a part of that. To stand up for something like that was an easy call for us as an organization, for our players. Hopefully we can make a difference not only in this situation, but across the country. It’s not OK.”

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LeBron Scores Early And Often, Mitchell Makes Statement, Rockets Win, Gronk Derby Bound

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Wednesday night NBA playoff highlights:

LeBron James scored early and often to lead the Cavaliers to a game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers. LeBron finished with 46 points in a 100-97 victory to even the series 1-1.

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is making a statement. In his first two playoff games he’s scored 55 points, the most points by a guard in the beginning two games of the postseason. Michael Jordan previously held the record in 1985 with 53 points in his initial two postseason games. Jazz have now tied the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder  1-1.

The Houston Rockets are making the postseason look easy as they cruised to a 102-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. They lead the series 2-0.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski bougth a stake in the Kentucky Derby horse named after him. The owners of  the 3 year old thoroughbred “Gronkowski” are big Patriots fans and named their horse after one of their favorite players. Gronkowski plans to meet his namesake (currently a 30-1 odd favorite) sometime before the Derby on May 5th.  Gronkowski said, “It will be a new experience. Hopefully it will be something I like. I like new hobbies.”

 

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UConn, Mississippi State, Notre Dame Louisville Advance To Final Four, Markelle Fultz Returns, OBJ To Rams?

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UConn crushed #2, South Carolina, to advance to the Women’s Final Four, marking a record 11th consecutive time reaching the semis. Even though UConn has appeared in the Final Four more than any other women’s division 1 team, this powerhouse did not win the Championship last year. They lost to Mississippi State in overtime last year. The UConn Huskies will face Notre Dame on Friday night with the hopes of avenging last year’s disappointment in not making it to the championship game.

Mississippi State will make its second-ever appearance in the Final Four after beating UCLA. They will play Louisville. Games begin at 7:00 pm Friday night March 30th.

In NBA news, #1 pick in the 2017 draft, Markelle Fultz returned to the court on Monday night and scored 10 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Fultz has been injured most of his rookie season, but now that the Philadelphia 76ers have secured a spot in the playoffs, the team is bringing him out to see what he can do.

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There’s been much discussion lately about where the New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr will end up. The Giants want a first-round pick and other incentives for their star receiver. The latest suitor is the Los Angeles Rams. Remains to be seen if they can make a deal.

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Sweet 16 Rounds, Howard Historic 32-30, Marry Darnold Don’t Date Him

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The March Madness sweet 16 round begins Thursday night with #7 Nevada vs #11 Loyola-Chicago, #3 Michigan vs #7 Texas A&M, #5 Kentucky vs #9 Kansas State and #4 Gonzaga vs #9 Florida State. On Friday, we’ll have four more games featuring #1 Kansas vs #5 Clemson, #1 Villanova vs #5 West Virginia, #2 Duke vs #11 Syracuse and #2 Purdue vs #3 Texas Tech.

The Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard had a historic night against the Brooklyn Nets by scoring 32 points and grabbing 30 rebounds. Howard is only the 8th player in NBA history to record these stats, and the only other player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976 to post a 30-30 game against the Nets.  Howard credits a text from a friend saying,  “Got a text at halftime from somebody and it kind of got me motivated and gave me some extra energy.”

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The NFL draft is only 5 weeks away and the big question is which quarterback will go #1. USC’s Sam Darnold had a solid pro-day workout on Wednesday with many speculating he’ll go #1 to the Cleveland Browns. Other potential #1 quarterback picks are Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield. According to Darnold’s trainer, Jordan Palmer, “Sam is not the kid you speed-date. He’s the kid you marry. As he goes through this process and gets to spend a bunch of time with Cleveland and some of these other teams, it’s very predictable for people — like myself — who are in his circle that people will fall in love the more they get to know him.”

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March Madness Selection Sunday, Buffett Offering $1-$2 Million For Perfect Brackets

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March Madness is almost here and selection day where all 68 college teams earn a bid is Sunday March 11th. The NCAA is changing up the format this year where they’ll announce all teams wishin the first 10 minutes then announce the brackets later. In the past the brackets and teams were announced together, but it took awhile for certain teams to know if they were in. Now with social media, the teams will be leaked anyway, so the NCAA figured they would mix it up this year.  According to the executive VP and chief content officer at Turner Sports, Craig Barry, “Our decision came down to, No. 1, getting the information out there as fast as possible. The second part was really to have an impact on the first segment. It’s been something we’ve been talking about since we began the partnership (in 2011).”

If you’re an employee of Berkshire Hathaway the NCAA tournament could be even more exciting. Warren Buffett is offering up $1 million and potentially $2 million for life if you have perfect pics. So this is how it works: If you pick a perfect Sweet 16 bracket, you’ll get the $1 million for life, and if you get all the way with a perfect bracket, you could win the $2 mill. According to the Washington Post stats, “Only 18 of the 18.8 million brackets completed on ESPN.com last year got the Sweet 16 correct, and no one made it to the end blemish-free”, so it’s long haul.

 

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Brady Immune To Controversy And Pats Will Play Jags In AFC Championship, Eagles To Play Vikings In NFC Championship

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Tom Brady proved once again he’s immune to any outside influences or controversy, as he ignored a week of the press hounding him about friction in his relationship with coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft and threw 3 touchdowns in a win over the Tennessee Titans. The Patriots were down 7-0, but then found their rhythm and never looked back. With the 35-14 win, the Patriots will be heading to their 7th straight AFC Championship Game.

Even with QB Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 469 yards and 5 touchdowns, the Pittsburgh Steeelers didn’t have enough to hold off the Jacksonville Jaguars. In  post-game interviews, the Steelers’ defense was distraught over its missed plays and now the Jags will face the Patriots for the AFC Championship.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles entered the divisional playoff against the Atlanta Falcons as underdogs even though they were ranked #1. Without their startling quarterback Carson Wentz, many wrote the Eagles off. Replacement, Nick Foles, looked shaky at first but then rallied the team throwing for 246 yards and no interception for a 15-10 win.

The Minnesota Vikings haven’t been to the NFC Championship game since 2009, but with 10 seconds to play and down 23-24, QB Case Keenum heaved the ball 61 yards downfield, a play they called “Seven Heaven”, to Stefan Diggs for the touchdown and the win. The Vicings will now face the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

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Christmas Day Games: Sixers Trust Process And Beat Knicks, KD Overpowers LeBron

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The Philadelphia 76ers celebrated Christmas Day with a big win over the New York Knicks. It was their first Christmas Day game in 16 years, and they made the most of it with  Joel Embiid’s 25 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists. When Embiid scored a 3-pointer in the 4th quarter, some in the crowd started chanting “Trust the Process”, which has been the rallying cry for the team for the past few years. Not everyone enjoyed the honor of playing on Christmas Day. The Sixers J.J. Redick, who posted 24 points for his team, told reporters after the game,  “I’d like to take this opportunity to once again say for I believe the 10th time, I’m not a fan of playing on Christmas. I wish we had this holiday for our families. I understand we are entertainers, we have to provide this for all the basketball fans out there.” Redick played on Christmas Day last year as part of the Los Angeles Clippers.   Sixers 105, Knicks 98.

Members of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have been celebrating Christmas Day on the court for the past 3 years. Clearly Kevin Durant doesn’t have a problem playing on the 25th. After a monstrous game where he contained the mighty LeBron and recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks, he said, “There’s just so much joy in the arena today because it’s Christmas and we all feed off of that.” Warriors 99, Cavs 92.

For which NBA star played the best on Christmas Day, click on this video!

 

 

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Elliott Back But Cowboys Lose, Earl Thomas Follows Cowboys To Locker Room, Browns Making History, NBA Christmas Games

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The Dallas Cowboys were excited to have their star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, back on Sunday (after serving a six-game suspension for domestic violence), but it wasn’t enough for them to prepel their season to the playoffs. The Seawhaks exploited the Cowboys’ weaknesses with a 21-12 win.  Even though the game wasn’t interesting, the reporters  had a field day when after the game, the Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas was overheard following the opposing team to their  locker room and telling the Cowboys coach,  “If y’all have a chance, come get me.” When asked why he would say that when his team is still in the playoff race, he said, I “didn’t literally mean, like, ‘Come get me now,’  I’m still in the prime of my career. I still want to be here. But when Seattle kicks me to the curb, ‘Please, Cowboys, come and get me.’ This is the only other place I’d rather be, if I get kicked to the curb.”

The Cleveland Browns are on their way to making history. With a loss against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the Browns are now 0-15. If they lose again next weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they will go down as only the second team (after the 2008 Detroit Lions) to go 0-16. The only piece of good news is the Browns now have the #1 pick in the NFL draft.

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The NBA has a full slate of exciting Christmas Day games. Click here for the schedule of your favorite players and favorite teams.

 

 

 

 

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Pro Bowl Selections, Julia Louise-Dreyfus’ Son Funny

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The 2018 Pro Bowl selections are in. The Pro Bowl is a meaningless game played between the AFC and the NFC Conferences now played one week before the Super Bowl.  While the game itself is meaningless, getting selected is a big deal. 44 players from each conference get the nod based on votes from fans, coaches and players.  Some familiar names like Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Antonio Brown, Le’ Veon Bell, and Julio Jones were shoe-ins. For the full list, click here.

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Julia Louise-Dreyfus’ son seems to have inherited her comedic talents. Charlie Hall, is a walk-on for Northwestern’s basketball team. After he made his first point, he celebrated by posting a picture of his one point next to Wilt Chamberlain’s famous photo showing his 100 points.

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Goodell Will Remain Commissioner Till 2024, Rodman’s Trip To Guam

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Roger Goodell will remain as the NFL commissioner for at least five more years. He signed an extension to remain commissioner through 2024, and his pay will reportedly be close to $40 million dollars annually.

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On former basketball star Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to Guam, he stated he believes North Korea’s Kim Jung Un isn’t interested in bombing the United States and doesn’t want to start a war. He said the Leader is just a “big kid” and they don’t talk politics. He told the media, “I try and stay out of it. I try to just be his friend, and play sports, and that’s my whole thing.  No politics, no nothing about America against North Korea, we don’t talk about stuff like that. To me, he does not want to have war … it may sound like that on the news, but I see that Donald Trump and him … it’s more like two big kids deciding who’s the toughest.” Rodman said he’ll be going back to North Korea soon and has invited Trump to go with him.

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